After three consecutive weekends of MMA action, fans get a break this Saturday as “UFC 113: Machida vs. Shogun II” will be jumping off in seven days. However, there won’t be a complete lull in combat fighting as “Mayweather vs. Mosley: Who R U Picking?” takes place tonight in Las Vegas, NV.
The timing could have been a little better for boxing, as it’s following last weekend’s thrilling “WEC 48: Aldo vs. Faber” pay-per-view broadcast, but who would have known Jason “Mayhem” Miller would incite the biggest riot in MMA history the Saturday before at “Strikeforce: Nashville,” or that Anderson Silva would turn UFC 112 into his own circus sideshow act the week prior to that?
Those were a couple of the lowest moments in mixed martial arts history and the haters were laying it on pretty thick afterwords. It would have been the perfect opportunity for boxing to slide in and try to tip the scales back in their favor with a blockbuster PPV extravaganza.
Thankfully, Jose Aldo dazzled the world with his superior striking last week to hold fans over until next Saturday’s UFC 113 show.
Oddly, in looking at tonight’s bout between Floyd Mayweather and Shane Mosley, the contest could take on the personalities from each of the three prior MMA events.
Mayweather will certainly bring the showmanship Silva was trying to display (or whatever it was he was attempting to do) at UFC 112, however Mosley is hoping his aggressiveness will mirror the brawl in Nashville. Although, it will most likely be the 4.5-to-1 favorite in Mayweather that closes the show with his crisp striking – a la Aldo.
On the opposite end of the spectrum, some might contest that Mayweather’s jab-jab-dodge style is a sneak peak at what we’ll be seeing next Saturday when the ever-elusive Lyoto Machida defends his light heavyweight strap against Mauricio “Shogun” Rua.
Because this is a “Money” Mayweather event, it’s only fitting the PPV asking price increased an additional $10. That’s correct, “Who R U Picking?” comes with an inflated $54.95 (or $64.95 in HD) price tag.
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